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Publication numberUS719276 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 27, 1903
Filing dateMar 14, 1902
Priority dateMar 14, 1902
Publication numberUS 719276 A, US 719276A, US-A-719276, US719276 A, US719276A
InventorsJohn S Thornburg
Original AssigneeJohn S Thornburg
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Spinning and dancing toy.
US 719276 A
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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 719,276, dated January 27, 1903.

Application filed March 14, 1902. Serial No. 98,147. [No model.)

To all whom it may concern: point is to bring the center of gravity close Be it known that 1, JOHN S. THORNBURG, a to the surface (not shown) upon whicf" the citizen of the United States, residing at Los top will be spun. Angeles, in the county of Los Angeles and The purpose of the long taper spindle 6 is 55 5 State of California, have invented a new and to provide room for a large number oftnrns 1 useful Spinning and Dancing Toy, of which of the cord 3 around the spindle without rethe following is a specification. quiring a great length of cord and also pro- An object of this invention is to provide a viding for evenly increasing the speed of rospinning top which can be made at a minitation as the cord is drawn in the act of spin- 60 1o mum price and which can readily be spun for ningthe top. Forming the pivot-point in an a great length of time. This toy includes a ogee with the body 4 brings the body close to novel construction of handle by which the the pivot, so that for long-time spinning the top may be spun from either the right or left center of gravity is at such a point as to inhand. sure great stability. The spindle desirably 65 One object is to provide a top which will has a large cylindrical portionj, which may spin for a remarkably long time on one end be approximately equal in diameter to the i with a steady motion and which when spun thickness of the body, thus to give great on the other end will spin with a dancing mostrength to the bond between the spindle and I tion. body. 7 By this invention I provide a simple and In practical use for longtime spinning the" easily-constructed top having its center of cord or string 3 will be wound around the gravity close to the pivot-point and make prolong tapering spindle 6, beginning at the small vision for producing a very high speed of ro end thereof and bending a portion of the cord tation. over the tip of the spindle, as indicated at a 75 The accompanying drawings illustrate the in Fig. I. l

invention. The spindle may be long enough to allow Figure I is a view of the toy ready for longseventy or eighty turns of the string or cord time spinning. Fig. 11 is a view of the top 3 around the spindle.

as it appears just before starting to spin in a The handle 1 comprises a body 7, having 80 go dancing manner on the dancing end. Fig. intersecting bores 8 and 9; one of the bores III is an elevation showing the stem or spinbeing amply large to receive the base of the dle intact and the body of the top in vertical taper spindle, together with the string or cord mid-section. Fig. IV is a plan view of Fig. 3 Wound thereon, and the bore 9 being of I, showing the top-handle sectioned in part small diameter, thus making two openings 0 85' 3 5 in a horizontal mid-plane, indicated by line cl on opposite sides of the handle communi-- IV. Fig. V is a perspective view of the block eating with the spindle-receiving bore 8. The

and stem prepared ready for turning in the handle is furnished withahandpiece 10,which process of manufacturing the top. Fig. VI extends at right angles to the bore 9; p

is a view of the same on a scale correspond- In practical use when the cord has been c ing to that in Figs. I, III, and IV, the block wound upon the spindle 6 the free end bwill for forming the top-body being shown in midbe passed through one of said openings 0 ol,

section. Fig. VII is an enlarged detail of the formed by the smaller bore 9. To spin the tip of a form of the spindle. top for long spinning, drawing the string with The toy comprises a handle 1, a spinning the right hand the free end of said cord will 5 device 2, and a string or cord 3. The spinbe passed down through the string-receiving ning device consists in a top furnished with bore 8 and laterally through that portion of a disk-shaped body 4. and having on one side bore 9 which is farthest away from the perof said body a short pivot-point 5, formed in son, while the handpiece 10 is held by the left 7 an ogee with said body, and on the other side hand. Then the spindle will be inserted down "mo a long slender taper spindle 6. The purpose into bore 8 and the body lof the top brought of the broad thin disk 4: and the short pivotto rest on the top of the handle; who

tirely unwound from the spindle the spinning body 'or top will become freed from the handle and will spin upon any smooth surface for an extremely-long period of time.

3 spin the toy left-handedthat is to say,

- in order to draw the cord with the left hand ----the.f ee end of the cord will be passed through the portion d of the bore 9 instead of through the portion 0 thereof, as described, or 'if the handpiece 10 is held in the right hand while adjusting the cord the cord then may be passed through the hole (1, (shown in Fig. IL) and then the toy will be inverted, thus bringing the free end of the cord into position to be drawn by the left hand.

In order to give a pleasing variety for the use of the toy, the point of the spindle 6 may be provided with an irregularity, projection, or cam 11, which is arranged at one side of the point of said spindle, and by appropriately adjusting and holding the parts the top may be made to spin upon the spindle in a dancing manner.

' It is not necessary that the cam 11 should be very great, and in the drawings it is exaggerated somewhat for clearness of illustration.

To spin the top in a dancing manner, the cord will be wound on the spindle substantially in the way above described, and for spinningwith right hand the free end of the cord will be brought through the portion (Z of the bore 9 which is next to the person, while the handpiece 10 is held in the left hand, and the operator will cant the handpiece to one side andwill then draw the cord through the hole d, thereby giving the spinning body a high speed of rotation and at the same time drawing the spindle 6 and top-body 4 up, as indicated in Fig. II, and at the latter movement of the cord the handle 1 may be suddenly brought down, thereby freeing the spindle from the handle, whereupon the top will fall to the surface upon which it is to be spun and standing aslant thereon will begin to dance and will continue to dance until the rotation ceases or until the top may attain an upright position;

' If the spindle] f1 were perfectly smooth at the tip and the surface upon which it is spun were also smooth, the toy would spin on the I spindle with a steady and smooth motion.

norder to construct the toy at minimum 23. "cos and in a dlIl uleand superior manner,

the same is formed of two members, as suggested in Figs. III, V, and VI. One of these members e is a block of suitable dimensions for forming the body 4 by turning the same in a lathe.

f is a stem, which originally may be square in cross-section from end to end, but which before assembling the parts will be turned for a space at one end, as indicated at g in said Figs. V and VI. The block a will be perforated by boring a centrally-located hole It therethrough,whereupon glue or some other suitable cement may be applied to the cylindrical portion 9 and the same inserted in the hole h and the glue allowed to set. Then the body thus formed, as shown in Fig. V, may be placed in the lathe and reduced to the form shown in Figs. I, II, III, and IV.

The under part of the block will be turned to form, with the lower end of portion g, the pivot-point 5 at the end of the axis of the stem.

The spindle 6 will be turned to slender taper, and the upper face of the block will preferably be left fiat throughout its main portion, but rounding at the periphery, as shown in Figs. I, III, and IV. It is to be understood, however, that I do not limit myself as to the exact form of the portion 4. The same may be varied without departing from my inven-- tion in its main features. In practical manufacture a single stick (not shown) may be turned at intervals to produce cylindrical portions g, with intermediate unturned portions f, and after thus being turned the stick may be cut in any suitable manner into appropriate lengths for forming the spindles and pivot-points of the tops.

By the construction shown the center of gravity and the axis of the spindle may be made to perfectly coincide. The-pivot-point 5 will. be at the end of such axis, so that there will be no liability to wabble in spinning the top.

The spindle 6 may be made of very hard dense wood and the main body 4: of wood of a less expensive character, and a top of great durability and superior spinning qualities may thus be produced at a minimum cost.

The grain of the stick which forms the spindle runs lengthwise of the spindle, and the grain of the block which forms the main body for the top will have its grain running at right angles to the grain of the spindle.

The top may readily be spun for a considerable time by simply twirling the spindle between the fingers of the hand; but in order to get the most satisfactory results and also I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Eatent of the United States, is-

A top furnished with a disk-shaped body Now, having described my invention, what andhavingononesideofsaidbodyalongslentwo subscribing witnesses, at 'Los Angeles, (ler taper spindle the point of which is slightly California, this 8th day of March, 1902. irregular and formed as a cam in order to cause the top to dance when spun aslant on JOHN THORNBURG' such point. VVihnesses:

In testimony whereof I have signed my JAMES R. TOWNSEND, name to this specification, in the presence of JULIA TOWNSEND.

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